Book Review: Hailey’s Paradox


Book Description:

Hailey’s Paradox is a story of a boy raised on a Kansas farm by a fundamentalist father. Jarett Hailey clings to a belief in Creative Design when challenged by a teacher and decides to become a paleontologist and devote his life to proving the truth as written in Genesis.

That desire drives him to run for the U.S. Presidency and align himself with fundamentalist leaders who are powers both in the religious and political worlds. The dramatic plot moves to a surprising ending with a totally unexpected result.

About the Author:

Arnold Simon’s childhood years in Belgium made him increasingly conscious of the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in nearby Germany. After returning to America and entering Yale University, Simon served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a deck officer, anti-submarine warfare specialist, and assistant communications officer. 

Later, as an electrical engineer with the Hughes Aircraft Company, Simon worked on the design of anti-aircraft fire control systems for fighter planes and on the first unmanned soft-landing vehicle to the moon. 

Still later, Simon became a partner in a law firm, specializing in eminent domain cases and related matters.

My Review:

Hailey’s Paradox is an interesting fictional debate between evolution and creationism.  The book has received multiple positive reviews.  It does have a mind grabbing plot full of suspense that covers a presidential election and how society’s views and beliefs can effect the outcome of that election.  It is a well-written novel with a network of fascinating characters.  Jarrett, the main character, finds himself examining his long held beliefs and doing a lot of soul searching.  The ending does have quite an unexpected outcome and the suspense of the plot leads to that outcome.  If you like novels of mystery, adventure, and suspense, then you are sure to enjoy reading this book by Arnold Simon.

I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book by the publicist, Westwind Communications  for review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are my own.


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